At Table with St. Dominic

☙ Carrying on the 800 Year Tradition ❧

A message from
Mother Amata Veritas

What a joy it is to be a part of the 800-year old Dominican tradition! Since entering our community in 2001, it has been my privilege to serve in many roles, from forming our young Sisters to teaching in our missions. With each new year and each new assignment, I come to appreciate ever more deeply the legacy of St. Dominic which has continued to flourish through the test of time.

St. Dominic envisioned a community of preachers and teachers, with those in positions of leadership serving for a time, elected as servants among servants. This is the spirit in which I now serve my fellow Sisters following our community’s election held this June.

I stand on the shoulders of Mother Assumpta Long, O.P. and all our foundresses, who courageously left all they had and knew to begin a new community in response to God’s call. We praise God for their bold leadership, steadfast wisdom, and unwavering faithfulness, for the solid foundation they laid, and for the fruit God has seen fit for our community to bear in these 24 short years.

You too, through your support and prayers, are carrying on the tradition that St. Dominic began through his joyful witness and nurturing love of his brethren and those with whom they shared the Faith. Through you, our Sisters can go forth to spread the good news for the salvation of souls! Thank you for joining us and may we continue together our work for souls!

Standing: Sr. Louis Marie Zogg, O.P., Mother Amata Veritas Ellenbecker, O.P., Sr. Mary Michael Carlton, O.P., Sr. Elizabeth Ann O’Reilly, O.P.
Sitting: Sr. Mary Samuel Handwerker, O.P., Mother Mary Assumpta Long, O.P., Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P., Sr. John Dominic Rasmussen, O.P.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
(JOHN 15:12)

1200 years after Jesus was seated at table with His apostles at the Last Supper, commanding them to “love one another”, St. Dominic and his brethren came together to live, eat, and work in a communion of love. Like the apostles before them, the Dominican friars came from all walks of life and were sent out to continue in the apostles’ footsteps, preaching and teaching Christ’s love and truth to all the world.

Today, 800 years after the death of St. Dominic, our Sisters come to the table in communion with one another in the spirit of our founder, St. Dominic. Like the apostles and friars before us, we are called by our Lord from many different places, formed and educated in academic disciplines and Christian doctrine, and sent out to preach and teach for the salvation of souls.

I have called you friends (John 15:15)

Jesus drew His apostles into communion, calling them friends and making known to them all He had heard from His Father. St. Dominic, too, entered into this friendship with his brethren.

Like St. Dominic, our Sisters live this friendship with Jesus, first and foremost, at the Eucharistic table. Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is the very center of our life – our personal and communal prayer, the Holy Mass, our time in Adoration. Christ is the source of everything we do in the classroom and beyond.

AND YOU ALSO ARE WITNESSES (JOHN 15:27)

In the spirit of St. Dominic, we are compelled to bring others to communion with Our Lord, sharing the love and unity Christ makes possible even in a divided and darkened world. As we teach in Catholic schools and witness with joy through our Openlight Media, Education in Virtue® program, and other resources, we invite each unique person we encounter to be nourished at Christ’s table and live in friendship with Him.

Nurturing a new generation of disciples


EDUCATION IN VIRTUE® INSPIRES HAPPINESS THROUGH LIVING VIRTUE. NOW TRUSTED BY 525+ PARISHES, 600+ SCHOOLS, AND 89+ COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE


OPENLIGHT MEDIA EXTENDS OUR TEACHING TO A GLOBAL AUDIENCE. OVER 45,000 VISITS FROM 145 COUNTRIES IN ITS FIRST 3 MONTHS.

GO AND PRAY, FOR THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

“At Table with St. Dominic” is the theme for this 800th Jubilee Year of St. Dominic’s entry into eternal life. It is inspired by one of the earliest portraits of St. Dominic, painted on a table reputed to be the very one at which the friars were seated when a miracle occurred.

Hearing from one of the brothers that they were short of food, St. Dominic told the friar to “go and pray, for the Lord will provide.” In answer, the Lord multiplied the bread so that there was enough for all.

Inspired by St. Dominic’s faith, our Sisters rely on the Lord to provide for our needs through the goodness of the faithful. We are blessed by those who have responded in generosity and ask for your prayerful support, that we may invite many more to the feast.


300+ WOMEN FROM 37 STATES AND 24 COUNTRIES ATTENDED OUR ONLINE DISCERNMENT RETREAT IN FEBRUARY.


70+ SISTERS STUDYING AT UNDERGRAD AND GRADUATE LEVEL, FULL-TIME, PART-TIME, AND DURING SUMMER BREAK.

Joyful
witnesses

in the Dominican Tradition

From 4 sisters in
1997 to over 150
Sisters today,
coming from 35
States & Canada, with
an average age
of
33.

6,700 young
women
have
attended our
discernment retreats.

Serving as teachers and
administrators in 14 K-8
schools
,
14 High Schools,
and 3 universities
across the country,
impacting 14,000+
students
.

71 Sisters
studying
this
year for teacher
certifications or
related preparation.

Through Openlight Media, the Sisters share the truth, beauty, and goodness of God – serving schools, parishes, families and individuals – leading others into an encounter with Christ.

www.openlightmedia.com

As Dominicans, we belong to a mendicant order, trusting that God will move the hearts of people to generosity in response to our vowed poverty.

Your Prayers and Support make it all possible.

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